04 Jan Austin Okocha claims Kujah blackmailed him after he ended their business relationship
Austin Okocha has opened a can of worms regarding business dealings with Friday Nwankwo-Kujah – The former Nigerian international was accused of illegally taking over their business with his ex-associate – Okocha claims he has now started his own business similar to what he was doing with Kujah
Austin Okocha has finally given his version of his story regarding the failed buisness venture with Friday Nwankwo-Kujah also known as Soccer Ambassador. Kujah had accused the former Super Eagles captain and his wife Nkechi of illegally taking over a Bureau de change business which he claims they jointly owned.
However, Okocha has given his own side of the story claiming he funded the business with thousands of dollars and pulled out when it was not making profit as expected.
Okocha told The Guardian: “I don’t want to join issues with Friday Kujah because I see him as ungrateful fellow. “I was preparing for my retirement from active football while playing in Qatar. Friday Kujah called me one early morning on phone to suggest that he and one Israelis had a business idea. He said he wants us to start a Bureau de change business. He brought the Israelis from a Mega Plaza. “I asked both of them how much they would contribute for the business to commence, but they replied that they don’t have any money. I would only pay them percentage based on money generated. Thereafter, he (Kujah) told me to send $300,000, which I did. He went and registered the company in his name.
The business was not yielding any positive result, rather, they kept asking me for more money. When I returned from Qatar, Friday Kujah couldn’t render anything in terms of profit from the business. Things were going from bad to worse. They took loan from the bank, yet they couldn’t pay for the house rent, and debts were pilling up. It got to a stage the owner of the building could not take it. He took us to the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and I had to settle the debt.
“One day, the Israelis, who was the Operations Manager, walked up to me to say that I had to give them another $1million for the business to survive. I was sensing great danger ahead. When it became clear that my business with Friday Kujah was not heading any good direction, I left him and registered my company, Jay Jay Okocha Bureau de change. So, in what way have I shortchanged or owe Friday Kujah money? He is going about scandalising my name, and reporting me to EFCC, but I won’t join issues with him. As I said, I won’t succumb to his cheap blackmail.”
The former Nigerian international claimed that he would score the Franco-German tactician seven out of ten despite his poor strings of results with the three-time African champions. Rohr’s side gave up a four-goal cushion against Sierra-leone in an AFCON 2021 qualifier and failed to win in the second leg at Freetown.